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    Tour Big Pine Key

      Bahia Honda State Park
      276-acre preserve on Bahia Honda Key, located off US-1 at MM 35. Camping, hiking, trails, fishing, boating, swimming.

    Tour Wildlife Refuge

      National Key Deer Refuge
      28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510; (305) 872-0774; NPS Website;
      8,500 acre preserve established in 1957 to protect the endangered Key Deer located mostly on Big Pine Key and No Name Key. Refuge is home to the imperiled tropical hardwood hammock habitat and 22 federally listed endangered and threatened species of plants and animals, five of which are found nowhere else in the world.
      Key Deer - This is the cutest little deer you'll ever see. It is the smallest subspecies of the Virginia White-tail and stands no higher than 3-foot at the shoulder. It is believed to have migrated here from the mainland thousands of years ago and is found nowhere else. A few years ago it was almost totally extinct but now there is a population of about 750 roaming Big Pine and other nearby keys, totally unafraid of humans. Wildlife officials hope to establish colonies on nearby islands.

    > Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge
    28950 Watson Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL 33043-0510; (305) 872-2239; NPS Website;
    186,000 acres of mostly marine preserve established in 1938. The uplands portion of GWHNWR are all on unpopulated islands, on the north side of the lower Florida Keys bordering the Gulf of Mexico, in an area called “the Backcountry.” It stretches from north of Marathon (90 miles SW of Miami) to north of Key West, FL (130 miles SW of Miami). Accessible only by boat. Refuge includes mostly mangrove islands and wetlands. It is a primary nesting, roosting, wading, and loafing habitat for over 250 avian species - particularily wading birds as well as sea turtles.

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    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

      Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
      P.O. Box 500368; Marathon, FL 33050; (305) 743-2437;

      The 2,800 square nautical mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) surrounds the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys and includes the productive waters of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Cultural resources are also contained within the sanctuary. The proximity of coral reefs to centuries old shipping routes has resulted in a high concentration of shipwrecks and an abundance of artifacts. The Sanctuary includes three major habitats - coral reef, mangroves and seagrasses.

      North America's only living coral barrier reef and the third longest barrier reef in the world (following Australia and Belize) lies about six miles seaward of the Florida Keys (a 220-mile long string of islands extending south and west of the Florida mainland), making it a unique national treasure of international notoriety. Coral reefs contain more varieties of life than any other marine environment. They are part of a fragile interdependent ecosystem that includes mangroves and seagrasses that grow both on the ocean and bay side of the Florida Keys.

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      State of Florida - Key Coastal Sites
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Hyatt Key West Vacation Resort Hotel Marina Florida
The carefree ambiance of the Caribbean beckons in one of America’s most unusual cities. It’s a place where shopping, sightseeing and relaxing fill your days and where tightrope walkers and fire-eaters create a festive backdrop to the setting of the sun. Located right on the spectacular Gulf of Mexico, this resort is just steps from excitement of Duval Street, Old Town’s main promenade...

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